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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 20 Advent Jesse Tree

Today is Day 20 of the Advent Calendar Jesse Tree devotions. The symbol, or ornament, for Day 20 is that of a fiery furnace.

The scriptures are Daniel 3:19-29, Jeremiah 1:8, II Kings 17:1-23; 25:1-17, Isaiah 43:2 and Jeremiah 1:8 The passages describe the faith of men such as Shadrach, Meshach and Abendnego who were willing to stand up for what they believed in even though the king had ordered them to bow before an idol. They refused.

The Old Testament passages explains how we should respond when presented with the choice of going along with the crowd and what is commanded of us when it goes against our beliefs. Just say no! Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abendnego who were thrown into a fiery furnace for not bowing to an idol. But, inside the furnace was an "Angel of God" who is believed to be Jesus himself. The men came out of the furnace not even smelling of smoke. Because of their stand, the king began to praise God. The three knew their God would deliver them from the fire.

Activity: Watch Veggie Tales Rach, Shack & Benny. Toast some marshmallows (it's a yummy visual as to what fire does to something - What the king intended to happen to the 3 men).

Today's ornament for the Jesse Tree is the symbol of a fiery furnace. A red and orange flame cut out of felt works well as does a fireplace ornament.